Instructions for Building 3D Home Models Made of Sugar Cubes

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Instructions for Building 3D Home Models Made of Sugar Cubes
Good in tea or as a building material (sugar image by Olga Shelego from

Sugar may not immediately seem like an ideal building material, but sugar cubes are a uniform size and shape and therefore ideal to make all kinds of models. If you want to make a 3-D model house, sugar cubes are an easy way to go. Of course, you shouldn't eat the building materials after gluing them to the house. Once constructed, you'll have a solid model, which you can later decorate and display proudly.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Cardboard
  • Aluminium foil (optional)
  • School or white glue
  • Sugar cubes
  • Poster paints (optional)

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  1. 1

    Brainstorm and sketch the house model you want to build. While building, plan a scale for the model. Note that three sugar cubes make up 1 inch of the model.

  2. 2

    Cut a cardboard base that will fit your model. For example, if your house is going to be around 4 inches long by 3 inches wide, cut out about a 6-by-5-inch piece of cardboard. Cover the cardboard in tinfoil to hide if you want to hide the cardboard and give the base a shiny look.

  3. 3

    Dab some glue onto the cardboard base at the corner of where you will attach the house model. Stick the first sugar cube on this glue, so that the edges of the cube line up with the edges of the cardboard base. This becomes the cornerstone of your home.

  4. 4

    Place some glue on two neighbouring sides of another sugar cube. Stick that cube next to the cornerstone, so that the glue touches the base and the cornerstone.

  5. 5

    Repeat the above step until you build the side of your building.

  6. 6

    Glue another sugar cube next to the cornerstone to build the front wall out.

  7. 7

    Dab glue onto three neighbouring sides of a cube, and stick that into the elbow created by the cubes on either side of the cornerstone.

  8. 8

    Repeat gluing more cubes onto the second row of the house until it matches the neighbouring wall. Build enough rows to complete the front of the model.

  9. 9

    Dab some glue onto the top of the cornerstone, then place a sugar cube on top of it. Repeat the process of building the side wall, and rows to make the front wall.

  10. 10

    Repeat the previous step until your home is as tall as you want it to be, except for the roof.

  11. 11

    Build the first layer of the roof. The roof needs to be two rows narrower than the row below it, in the direction of the house. For example, if the house is 9-by-12 cubes in size, and the roof runs along the 12-cube side, the first layer of the roof needs to be 7 cubes wide.

  12. 12

    Make another layer on top of the roof, again making it two rows narrower than the layer below it. For example, a 7-cube roof is 5-cubes on the next layer.

  13. 13

    Repeat the previous step until you have finished the roof. Leave the glue to dry overnight.

  14. 14

    Paint your house, if you would like to do so.

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